Here’s an interesting article about some great examples of people using shipping containers for houses. At the bottom of that article there’s a link to other great examples of shipping containers being used for homes and businesses (I really like the illy push button house, although I’m not too sure how it functions when it rains).
Given the right locale and purpose these shipping containers can provide a viable option for housing people and businesses. And the strategy of implementing these shipping containers should not be limited to the finite size of the container itself. Some of these examples (and these examples)demonstrate that these containers can be used to create and define space larger than just the container itself. Even Bob Vila reveals how you could build a container house within 90 days.
This method is very similar to pre-fabrication construction, whether it’s involving the entire building to be constructed off-site or large pieces being delivered and assembled on the site. Just like any method for creating architecture it doesn’t provide everything to everyone, but it does incorporate the belief and idea of using what we’re given and making the best out of it. The shipping containers are strong enough to ship goods across the world, weather-tight to protect the goods, and are resistant to mold and termites – everything you would want in a home.